Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 10th 2015 Contents Gothic Empire has a special look for the
seven furlongs Maiden Stakes on Wolver-
hampton Tapeta tonight on the back of a
solid debut effort over a similar distance
on good to soft Doncaster last month; our
time-handicap suggests a five star nap!
With so many trainers aware that a recent
cold spell has set them back considerably
its necessary to latch onto in-form yards
and Newmarket-based Marco Botti has con-
sistently been on the winning trail these
last few weeks.
Martin Harley was aboard when Gothic
Empire was beaten about a length on Town
Moor and, thankfully, is booked again; musi-
cal jockeys is the bane of form, chopping
and changing often a contributory fact to
Stables with retained jockeys have an
advantage because knowing the idiosyn-
crasies of thoroughbred first-hand must
surely be beneficial.
If theres a danger to Gothic Empire it can
only be a switch from turf to an all-weather
surface but this particular surface rides fast
and true, a credit to Michael Dickinsons
team which produced it; did the man ever
fail in anything he did?
Earlier Justice Good carries top-weight
for the Conditions Stakes over six furlongs
of soft Leicester where a punter-friendly
seven-race programme should bring out the
locals; there have been some tremendous
bettors from this fine City down the years
and they rubbed off on yours truly.
They taught me the value of patience and
makes sense to wait for clear-cup oppor-
tunities like Justice Good, winner of three
successive races as a juvenile but his best
TH mark came in defeat at Royal Ascot in
the group two Coventry when beaten only
two lengths; dont oppose, especially with
veteran trainer David Elsworth extremely
happy with the form and well-being of his
HQ string. He had a winner two days ago!
Keep a lid on your stakes for the time
being, it will be a week or two before the
feel arrives as far as Im concerned; patience
3.15 Justice Good
6.50 Red Baron
8.50 Gothic Empire
Justice Good for all
Nicholls bowled over by Conti
Ruby Walsh made the perfect start to the Crab-
bies Grand National Festival at Aintree as Clarcam
(5/1) took the opening One Magnificent City Man-
ifesto Novices Chase.
Moved to the front after Josses Hill jumped to
the right at the first two fences, the winner showed
tremendous resolution from the second-last fence
to fend off the strong travelling Vibrato Valtat and
score by four lengths.
Val De Law ran a huge race to take third with
Josses Hill throwing his chance away with slipshod
fencing and fading out of contention.
Clarcam was returning to form having failed to
land a blow when eighth to the brilliant Un De
Sceaux in the Racing Post Arkle at Cheltenham.
Walsh said: "They went a bit quick for him at
Cheltenham and took him off his feet - this trip
was better. He travelled well and jumped super and
he appreciated the good ground, too."
Winning trainer Gordon Elliott added: "He never
took hold of the bridle at Cheltenham. Even on the
morning of the race we were worried. He was just
very dead in himself. We thought wed be placed,
but we could have pulled up after two fences. It
might have been a good thing as he hadnt a hard
"He just had an off-day and hes shown a lot
more sparkle here and Ruby gave him a great ride.
Its unlucky Bryan (Cooper) is suspended. Its got
the meeting off to a great start and were very happy.
"Id never say definitely, but I wouldnt think hell
go to Punchestown. Hell go out in the field now
and enjoy his holiday. Its all about winning Grade
Ones, so that is great.
"The way he travelled today we certainly wouldnt
be going back to two miles with him. Well be staying
at this trip or going further."
Jezki back on top
after dramatic hurdle
Jessica Harrington stood relieved and thrilled
in equal measure in the Liverpool sunshine after
Jezki brought a frustrating run of results to an
end with victory in the Doom Bar Aintree Hur-
dle. After following up his triumph in last years
Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham with a dominant
display at Punchestown, Harrington believed her
pride and joy could become the ruling force in the
division this season, but the reality has not been
Jezkis resurgent rival Hurricane Fly claimed his
scalp once at Punchestown and twice at Leopard-
stown and Harringtons ace chased home a trio of
Willie Mullins big guns when defending his crown
at Prestbury Park.
With only the runner-up, Arctic Fire, renewing
rivalries, Harrington and JP McManus saw an open-
ing on Merseyside and it proved the correct call,
albeit after a dramatic climax.
Tony McCoy, riding at his last Grand National
meeting, was content to bide his time on the 3-1
shot, tracking Ruby Walshs every move aboard
The top two closed up on the leaders from the
home turn and neither jockey had gone for everything
when favourite Arctic Fire crashed out at the last.
With Rock On Ruby hampered by the fall, Jezki
sauntered clear on the run-in, passing the post with
13 lengths in hand.
Harrington said: "We werent worried about step-
ping up to two-and-a-half (miles). There was no
reason he wouldnt get it.
"It was a good decision to come here. I was wor-
ried Cheltenham was only three weeks ago, but
once we saw what was entered and what was going
to run, it was really a no-brainer.
"You start off the season and think this is going
to be easy. Hed won the Champion Hurdle, hed
won the Champion Hurdle and Punchestown and
you think weve just got to turn up and win."
Silviniaco Conti returned to his brilliant
best after digging deep when it mattered
most to secure back-to-back victories in
the Betfred Bowl at Aintree yesterday.
Wasting no time in getting the 7/4
favourite to the front, Noel Fehily had the
nine-year-old in a lead he was not to sur-
render in the Grade One event just strides
after the tapes rose.
After a first circuit of little change, Fehily
began to turn the screw aboard the dual
King George winner as the field headed
down the back straight for a second time.
As his chief market rival, and closest pur-
suer, Holywell began to come under pressure
from Tony McCoy rounding the home turn,
Ma Filleule moved up as the main danger.
Despite having been niggled along to stay
in touch from an early stage, Holywell
responded to McCoys urgings over the sec-
ond-last as Silviniaco Conti was shaken up
with the patiently ridden Ballynagour creep-
ing closer all the time.
With Holywell finally unable to offer any
more from the final fence, Ballynagour was
left to lay down the gauntlet but it was not
enough with the Paul Nicholls-trained run-
ner leaving behind his seventh-place finish
in the Gold Cup to hold on and score by
Victory for Silviniaco Conti completed
the second leg of a double for the Ditcheat
trainer having earlier won the Betfred
Anniversary Juvenile Hurdle with 16/1
chance All Yours.
Nicholls said: "I knew he was going to
idle in front and then he got in really tight
to the last.
"I said to Noel last night to make all, dont
give them an inch as hes mega-fit and if
he flies like he can hell win.
"Hes not the quickest but he gallops all
day. He loves this better ground and I dont
think the testing ground at Cheltenham
"We thought he went into Cheltenham
in good form and for whatever reason Chel-
tenham just doesnt suit him.
"Its so good to get them back on song
after a disappointing run, it reflects so well
on the team.
"Hes an idle horse to be in front, but he
always does enough.
"On a flat track like this, his jumping
counts for so much and it paid off today.
"It was probably one of Noels best rides
ever, Id say.
"I did enter him at Punchestown this
morning, just in case something went wrong
today, but hes finished for the season now."
Looking ahead to future engagements
Nicholls hinted he may not train the winner
- who was quoted at 12/1 by Betfred to win
a Grand National during his career - with
the Gold Cup as the main target.
Nicholls added: "Who needs a Gold Cup
when you can have days like this? It might
be prudent to miss Cheltenham (next year),
unless it was very good, fast ground.
"Theres the King George, the Betfair
Chase. We could even think of Down Royal
as a starting point with him.
"We dont have to train him for the Gold
Cup. I think you can say the Gold Cup isnt
a priority any more.
"His jumping was spectacular today and
hes the sort of horse that could end up, like
Neptune (Collonges), running in the Nation-
"We always thought hed get an entry one
day. Whether its next year or the year after,
he could be a right horse to run in the
Friday, April 10, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
No Draw Public Holiday
TODAYS PICK TWO
,8, 12, 16, 18, 20
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSON MAN 1
15 SICK WOMAN 2
18 WATER BOAT 2
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 1 3 4
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSON WIFE
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to April 9
32 (Shrimp) 6.30 pm
No Draw Public Holiday
TODAYS STAR BETS
35 (Big Snake)
1 (Centipede) 1 pm
32 (Shrimp 10.30 am
Walsh opens Aintree
Festival with 5/1 winner
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